escalating tourism threatens park conservation

At December’s United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity summit (COP15), an insidious threat emerged to national parks — even as scientists argued for expanding protected areas. The World Travel & Tourism Council wants commercial tourism to be allowed to build developments in national parks globally, without obligation to help finance park conservation (see go.nature.com/3x2fsi9). This would undermine existing private tourism developments that do support conservation.

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